Saturday, September 03, 2011

September 6 Oregon Stills Emergency Slow Motion

Stumptown downtown officially opens film stills from Oregon-made movies Cold Weather, Some Days Are Better Than Others, and Meek’s Cutoff by filmmakers Aaron Katz, Matt McCormick, and Kelly Reichardt. Films are a large collaborative creative effort, producer, director, art director, cinematographer, costumer, set director and many other roles make it happen. Included is a photographer making stills on set, here Scott Green, Neil Kopp, and Greg Schmitt. This show is the result, frozen moments, often from a different camera view, of a huge creative film collaboration. It's also a benefit for the Hollywood Theater, but it is not at the Hollywood Theater. More at Stumptown art website. At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd 6PM-8

Emergency Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Dianne Arbus traces the photographer's life from 1923 to 1971. The book's author, a psychologist, speaks tonight. Arbus is famous for a gaze on non-beauty which tends toward the harsh side from neutral. Rebelling against an earlier fashion photography career, Arbus began photographing members of circus "freak shows" still existent at that time. Throughout the 1960's she continued portraits outside the beauty culture. "Discovered" in 1972 by the Venice Bienialle, after her suicide, Arbus has proved a lightning rod for philosophical discussions of the role of photographer and society's relation to disability and outsiders. She taught on the East Coast in the 1960's, influencing generations of photographers since. The Arbus gaze has also been a Blue Sky Photography Gallery staple. The discussion is also relevant with a shift of curatorial interest at the Portland Art Museum from landscapes of the West to portraiture. At Powell's Books 1005 W Burnside 7:30PM Free